... You made us two-dimensional cartoon villains who rub our hands together menacingly, tweaking our pencil-thin moustaches above our sinister grins. Children should be afraid to come near us. Employers should think twice before hiring us. And clearly women should steer clear of dating us because obviously we lack hearts.
Wow... this is almost as bad as depicting Christians as bigoted, humorless prudes who villainously adhere to outdated traditions and run their households with a tyrannical fist.
You know... pretty much the way Christians are depicted in nearly any form of media.
Unless it's a Catholic priest. Then he's also a child molester.
Now, I haven't seen the movie, so take my thoughts for what they're worth. But from what I've read and heard, it seems to me that the creators of "God's Not Dead" are doing a bit of payback with how Christian characters - if they're depicted in anything more than a cursory, background role - are stereotyped in media these days. If you take a look at movies, TV shows, or even books (outside the margins of "Christian fiction" or attempts to adapt stories from real events, that is), if Christians appear at all, you would be hard-pressed to find examples that don't fit into the mold I presented above.
In fact, that image has become so commonplace that it's almost as if those outside the Christian faith(s) do picture Christians in that light - the straw man has become the stereotype, in their eyes. And given how divided the nation has become these past few years, I'm sure the opposite is true as well - some Christians view those who don't believe in Christ to be God-hating fundamentalists who want to remove all religion from the public eye (it doesn't help that some of the more vocal atheists in the media actually come off this way. And before you get all defensive, remember that us Christians have to try and distance ourselves from the Westboro Baptists any time they make their appearances, so we tend to have the same issues there!)
If anything, this movie might at least spark an intellectual dialogue. As can be seen, atheists don't like being depicted as flat, two-dimensional cartoon villains... which is exactly how Christians have been depicted pretty much since the '70s. Maybe before - I haven't exactly researched this topic extensively.... But perhaps it might encourage writers to put more thought and effort into developing characters from different ideologies than their own, rather than using token, stock depictions while weaving their narratives.